I went to a predominantly white high school in the 90s, and pins and patches were really popular. Favorite rock bands, peace signs, sayings that I as a black people could never relate to, I never got into the trend because I had zero interest in what was being represented.
But black people are making a mark in the industry, creating pins and patches celebrating our history, culture and shared nostalgia. Here are 18 of the dopest pro-black pin and button we found online.
This adorable company makes pins and patches for blerds (black nerds) who are into anime and magic. I love their anime characters re-created with brown skin and afros – think Sailor Moon meets Foxy Brown.
This NYC based accessory company has to be my favorite. I mean, who doesn’t want to rock a black Daria patch on their jacket? Their pins also tell the stories of great African American history, such as their Henrietta Lacks blood sample pin. They also make key chains!
Ushindi22’s pins center on black power. Hoping to see more added to the line.
If you like sugar, spice, and unicorns then this artist’s whimsical pins are perfect for you.
We have our eye on that ‘Melanin’ pin!
Radical Dreams was founded in 2015 by a medical student with a passion for social justice. Their pins and patches feature historical black figures, from former President Barack Obama to Angela Davis. You can even buy pin sets that feature 90s sitcom characters and black sports heroes.
Are you into pro-black pins and patches? If so, shout out your favorite companies below!